The week in conspiracy

Via xkcd.com – Thanks Krittika

 

Donald Trump says he will attempt to release redacted information on 9-11 if elected – “Americans deserve answers and I would definitely request a new investigation so that this horrible tragedy never happens again”.

David Icke appears on the Richie Allen Show – a show that he funds – and gets a positive response. He talks mostly about his new book, The Phantom Self. Then, again, the next week, following Terry Wogan’s death. 

Meanwhile, the first episode of the new series of the X-Files uses Icke’s “problem-reaction-solution”, coming from the mouth of a character based on Alex Jones and Glenn Beck. Which is ironic as Glenn Beck is essentially a character based on Alex Jones.

Satanic Ritual Abuse Scare in Hampstead

Last week I posted a link to this disturbing video which appeared on YouTube and was quickly doing the rounds on such sites as David Icke’s site and The Atlantean Conspiracy. In it, two children (8 and 9) from Hampstead, a well-to-do area of London, allege that they have been abused in “satanic” ceremonies led by their father, and involving local teachers and priests and up to 100 others. The acts alleged rape, the sacrifice and consumption of babies, and that the members wore shoes made of baby skin, echoing the wildest claims of the McMartin Preschool Trial and the Satanic Ritual Abuse Scare of the 1990s:

According to the Daily Mail, the video was watched some 4 million times, the local church was searched for evidence, and local police were stationed at the school in question. On the 19th of March, however, Mrs Justice Pauffley ruled in the Family Court that the only abuse suffered by the children had been at the hands of their mother, Ella Draper, and her partner Abraham Christie, who had coached the children and forced them to make the allegations in order to deny their father, Draper’s former partner, access. Draper and Christie were not present, and are believed to have gone into hiding in order to avoid prosecution. The judge stated that (the full ruling can be read here):

I am able to state with complete conviction that none of the allegations are true. I am entirely certain that everything Ms Draper, her partner Abraham Christie and the children said about those matters was fabricated. The claims are baseless. Those who have sought to perpetuate them are evil and / or foolish.

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“Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take?”

Long-term readers will remember that I’m working on a PhD about a field called Metaphysical Conspiracism, in which the holism and millennialism of the New Age Milieu is combined with a theodicy drawn from conspiracism, frequently involving UFOs.

Any doubts as to the existence of such a field should be put aside after the 11.11.11 release of the film Thrive: What on Earth will it Take?, and associated website. Here’s the official blurb:

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

The production standards are unusually high – perhaps because it was made, written and presented by Foster Gamble, heir to the (considerable) Procter and Gamble fortune. Which has led to some conspiracy theories of its own. But this one has everything – UFOs, crop circles, New World Order, David Icke, a coming “awakening”, the Rothschilds. Most importantly for me, it is clear evidence of how some fully-signed-up, meditating, vegan, reflexology New Agers turn to NWO conspiracies to explain why the New Age hasn’t come yet.

And don’t tell anyone, but the whole thing’s here.